At one o’clock I joined the President for an unusual event. He and a Maltese member, Anna Maria Darmanin, have together written a sort of continuation of George Orwell’s Animal Farm. Their fable, entitled The Farm Revisited, looks into a future where the rats have taken over from the pigs. The farm and its inhabitants have been completely won over by the culture of financial capitalism and the passion for personal enrichment. This society appears to be free but the values of solidarity and community spirit have been lost. The farm animals become heavily indebted, their increasingly fictitious wealth based on a speculative bubble. The inevitable crisis occurs, with financial collapse and environmental disaster, and it is only then that the wise moral of good government and citizen involvement prevails. A cautionary tale and with absolutely no parallels with today’s world, of course….